March issue no. 257
March 2016 issue no. 257


On Sale: January 19, 2015
Subscribers should receive this issue by January 11th.

On the Cover:
A stunning finish for a durable door

Kitchens & Baths 2015:
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Articles
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FABULOUS FINISH FOR AN EXTERIOR DOOR
by Peter Gedrys
Beautify a wood door with dye, stain, varnish, and a commitment to doing the process right

Project House Video Series: Coming soon...

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CAN LIQUID FLASHING REPLACE TAPE?
by Martin Holladay
Residential builders are beginning to experiment with fluid flashing products developed for commercial jobs

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A CLOSER LOOK AT SOLID-WOOD FLOORING
by Anatole Burkin
The ins and outs of an enduring favorite

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THE EVOLUTION OF EFFICIENCY: NET ZERO AS THE NEW NORMAL
by Martin Holladay
Experimentation and learning have led one builder to integrate energy-smart techniques into everyday construction

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PREP A SUBFLOOR FOR TILE
by Andy Engel
A second layer of plywood stiffens floors for long-lasting tile installations

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TOOL TEST: ROTARY HAMMERS
by Mark Clement
A seasoned remodeler looks for the perfect concrete drill

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ILLUSTRATED GUIDE TO CODE CHANGES
by Ben Graham and Mike Lamp
Here’s what you can expect in the 2015 IRC

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SPACES WITHIN SPACES
by Mark Hutker
Thoughtfully designed nooks offer refuge and comfort in the hustle and bustle of larger rooms

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Departments

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CONTRIBUTORS

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LETTERS
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HOW IT WORKS
Electrical breaker panels

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TIPS & TECHNIQUES
Quick and Easy Tapering Jig
Prescription Safety Glasses
Cleaner Drywall Demolition
Extenstion-Ladder Tool Holder
Foam Fixes Outlet Boxes
Tape Saves Sandpaper
Fast Drying Rack
Don't Let the Mud Get Dry
Improved Hole-Saw Performance

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TOOLS & MATERIALS
Sweet slider
Worm-drive tablesaw
Primo pin nailer
Superstrong ridge connector
Take a load off
Easy-to-install shower unit

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WHAT'S THE DIFFERENCE?
Fine-Finish Sanders: Orbital vs. Random Orbit

Video: The Difference Between Orbital and Random-Orbit Sanders

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PROJECT GALLERY
Fine Wine Storing

Project Gallery: View or post your own projects here

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ASK THE EXPERTS
Adequate roof venting
Fiber-cement siding problem
Water-level issues
Open-cell vs. closed-cell foam
Handrail required?
Blower-door test record

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ENERGY-SMART DETAILS
Heat Loss Through Footing

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BUILDING SKILLS
Cutting an Acute Bevel

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DRAWING BOARD
Small Powder Rooms

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TAILGATE
Lance Kirley: President and CEO

Web Extra: Extended interview

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FINISHING TOUCH
Winding down to the cellar

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